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  • ATT giving out free 3G iPhones
    AT&T has stated if you bought your iPhone after May 27th, you can swap out your iPhone for a free 3G iPhone upgrade - no cost, no contract extension.

    Of course, if you bought it before that, you get to sign a whole new 2 year contract, extended from where yours ends now to grab a 3G iPhone. Unless you want to pay full price, of course, like us T-Mobile folks are going to have to do.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: ATT giving out free 3G iPhones started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 156 Comments
    1. Sparblaze's Avatar
      Sparblaze -
      Quote Originally Posted by erix920 View Post
      2008.. you know how many useless 1st gens that would leave Apple with lol
      I know
    1. bklynjava's Avatar
      bklynjava -
      It's all Bull - anyone can purchase the phone from an apple store when its released.

      There will be no AT&T kiosks.
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      There has never been a phone that you can't purchase without a contract. People need to chill out.
    1. chrissurra's Avatar
      chrissurra -
      Im hoping for tethering, if that happens then I can dump my cable modem and go with just 3g..
    1. jailbait28's Avatar
      jailbait28 -
      Why should i get rid of my 8g ipod for a smaller one that costs more a month???? What are the perks besides faster Edge? My Edge connection honestly isn't very bad....
    1. jfmsam's Avatar
      jfmsam -
      There is no advantage for T-Mobile users to buy this phone. The 3G Network from T-Mobile USA is not compatible. If you want 3G change carriers. Otherwise just upgrade to OS 2.0 when released.

      The contract extension is 2yrs from the day you sing the new agreement, not two years more from the end of your current contract.
    1. bklynjava's Avatar
      bklynjava -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      There has never been a phone that you can't purchase without a contract. People need to chill out.
      WOW - Another voice of reason. /\

      Common sense people - Use it - You were smart enough to buy an iphone.

      Try thinking how dumb it would be for Apple to try to force buyers into contracts.

      Apple would loose major sales from their stores.
    1. drusse11's Avatar
      drusse11 -
      Is there a work around if you had a replacement phone (covered under warranty) after 27th?
    1. krnboii704's Avatar
      krnboii704 -
      Can't you buy one for 199 then
      cancel the 2yr subscription for 175?
      199+175=$374
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by bklynjava View Post
      WOW - Another voice of reason. /

      Common sense people - Use it - You were smart enough to buy an iphone.

      Try thinking how dumb it would be for Apple to try to force buyers into contracts.

      Apple would loose major sales from their stores.
      Whatever Apple would lose from forcing a contract is instantly regained by the amount of units a $200 price tag will sell.

      Quote Originally Posted by krnboii704 View Post
      Can't you buy one for 199 then
      cancel the 2yr subscription for 175?
      199+175=$374
      You'd have to return the phone or pay the remainder of the full price for this.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      Whatever Apple would lose from forcing a contract is instantly regained by the amount of units a $200 price tag will sell.



      You'd have to return the phone or pay the remainder of the full price for this.
      Happy Noodle, Nobody seems to want to face the reality of the situation. Keep spreading the truth.
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      Check this, they can stop itunes activation, they can make activation of service only done in-store (yeah right) but they cannot make you purchase a contract nor activation with purchase of the phone. Plain and simple.

      Hardware = yours
      Service = theirs
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      Check this, they can stop itunes activation, they can make activation of service only done in-store (yeah right) but they cannot make you purchase a contract nor activation with purchase of the phone. Plain and simple.

      Hardware = yours
      Service = theirs
      Wow. What turnip truck did you just fall off of?
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      Check this, they can stop itunes activation, they can make activation of service only done in-store (yeah right) but they cannot make you purchase a contract nor activation with purchase of the phone. Plain and simple.

      Hardware = yours
      Service = theirs
      They can, they will, and you'll hate it or love it.

      I really don't know how else to say it without bringing bright colored letters. Apple subsidized the phone to AT&T. Meaning they got a LOT (like so much you can swim in it) of money. I mean, think of it number then add a couple of 0's. That much. This is why Apple is not getting any money from the contracts, they already got it by subsidizing. It's now AT&T's baby. And they say you can only buy it with a contract. Apple could care less about how AT&T sells it, they already got a bulk of however many units they sold AT&T. They're not selling them online because you can't set up a contract online. They won't just sell them on the Apple Store without a contract.
    1. chrissurra's Avatar
      chrissurra -
      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      Check this, they can stop itunes activation, they can make activation of service only done in-store (yeah right) but they cannot make you purchase a contract nor activation with purchase of the phone. Plain and simple.

      Hardware = yours
      Service = theirs
      Thats why the phone is 199/299 its SUBSIDIZED by att. When you go into a ATT store and you see the cheaper "contract" price you are getting the phone cheaper because they are subsidizing it they pay the manufacturer (Apple) the FULL PRICE for the phone.

      You get the cheaper price because they now can force you into a contract.

      Trust me the iphone costs more than 199/299 in R&D and manufacturing costs, apple isnt selling them at a LOSS.

      Someone else who knows simple economics, finally!
    1. 1sick94hb's Avatar
      1sick94hb -
      i am the one to agree with happy. apple and att cant do what they want they have lowered the price enough that they can lure in enough people to switch to ATT. Apple and ATT have 2 goals 1 is to get you to buy an iphone the other goal is to get you to go with att, they really could care less about other people wanting to use them on other networks. And like i stated earlier they may gain quite a few sales with the new lower price and all but they will also lose alot of sales from the people who dont use att. ATT is trying to become a monopoly honestly.
      They cannot make you sign a contract but all this means is you will not be getting a iphone through att or apple, plain and simple.
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      dun dun dunnnnnnnn

      Requires new 2-year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.
      Apple - iPhone
      Read and weep trolls. Nothings changed
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by 1sick94hb View Post
      ATT is trying to become a monopoly honestly.


      AT&T is just trying to be what it once was :P

      Quote Originally Posted by listenclose View Post
      dun dun dunnnnnnnn

      Requires new 2-year AT&T rate plan, sold separately.
      Apple - iPhone
      Read and weep trolls. Nothings changed
      From the AT&T Press Release: "With a two-year contract, the price of an 8GB iPhone 3G will be $199; the 16GB model will be priced at $299."
    1. wi11iamedward's Avatar
      wi11iamedward -
      Anyone know if the Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR posted on Apple's site hints that this might be Stereo? or are we still stuck with a mono channel?
    1. listenclose's Avatar
      listenclose -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post


      AT&T is just trying to be what it once was :P


      From the AT&T Press Release: "With a two-year contract, the price of an 8GB iPhone 3G will be $199; the 16GB model will be priced at $299."
      hmmmmmm who do I trust? Apple or AT&T?

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